When I first heard of Gridlife, all I could think about was the video game “Forza Horizon”. A car show, racing, drifting, AND a music festival?
I was sold.
Entering the festival grounds, I was greeted by the sounds and fumes of growly exhausts, music blaring from multiple cars, and the announcer queuing up the next set of drivers to the race track. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Unlike many other festivals, the music didn’t start until much later in the day, but for good reason. Starting promptly at 9am, the track was active rotating between Time Attack, racing, and drifting. This being my first trackday, I discovered a love for drifting! Drivers would come in hot and throw their cars sideways around the eleven corners of the track for multiple laps, throwing dust, smoke, and tire chunks into the air.
As the sun set and the track closed up for the night, the audience switched over to the music scene. Night one was highlighted by Luca Lush & Ghastly.
Luca Lush ran the crowd through a roller coaster of emotions, switching up genres left and right. There was not a dull moment during his set as he moved from heavy dubstep to hardstyle to bass house and everything in between. I can always enjoy a Luca Lush set because he plays a little bit of everything and anyone can get down to it!
Closing out the main stage for night one was Ghastly.
Just when you thought you had partied yourself out, Ghastly plays through one of the most energetic sets that has ever graced your ears. Ghastly mixed bits of his older stuff, including “Crank it,” all the way up to tracks off his latest album The Mystifying Oracle.
As Ghastly closed up his set for the night, he announced that he would be wandering around the Silent Disco afterparty but, to everyone’s surprise, Luca Lush and Ghastly did an improvised back to back. My favorite part of the night was watching Ghastly play (and perfectly recite) Jaboody Dub’s Sticky Buddy and somehow mix it into a house track.
Day two we ran into a bit of a storm. It rained in the middle of the day through the early evening, which temporarily closed down the track and threatened to cancel the music. Thankfully the system passed early enough to allow the night festivities to continue!
Night two’s headliners were Oliver Tree and Getter.
Oliver Tree had the crowd singing every line from every song he played, with iconic tracks such as “Forget it” and “Alien Boy”. This was my first time seeing Oliver Tree live and after that performance, it will not be my last!
Last, but certainly not least, was Getter. After canceling the rest of his “Visceral” Tour, there was concern that Getter would not perform. But he was there and played the best set I’ve ever heard from him! Getter’s special fusion of hip-hop, dubstep, trap, and rap tied nicely together along with a few Flume and Joji tracks sprinkled in.
If you enjoy car culture, drifting, racing, and music, I would highly recommend Gridlife Midwest! There is not a dull moment at this festival. There are activities happening all day, so you’ll find yourself having a great time from dawn ’til dusk.